What's wrong with my car?

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Post by nanski » Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:03 am

i've taken my car to get it fixed twice and i've not been charged yet! neither time involved parts, but both times involved labor. next time you hear me complain about Japan, remind me of this.
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Post by kingofpartick » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:51 pm

Is it easy to tighten a clutch?

i had a brief search of google but i am none the wiser, and i think its getting worse.

I would take it to the garage but i am poorer than fuck.
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Post by Jono Volpone » Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:01 am

If you can locate where the clutch cable comes through the bulkhead on the under-bonnet side you'll probably see two nuts on a threaded insert on the cable. Slacken off the locknut, then pull the cable out from the bulkhead slightly and adjust the top nut up the newly exposed bit of thread. Road test the car and if it's better stop and tighten the locknut back up. I'm not really convinced that this will sort it though. If your clutch is really on its way out it may just be time for a new one sadly.

Good luck!

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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:15 pm

eeep, good luck with that... I need a new cambelt.

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:31 pm

the car has been off the road since december with the aforementioned problem, and its finally been in the garage since last wednesday to get MOTd and fixed up (it is the clutch). It only failed its MOT on daft shit like bulbs being out (mainly from being off the road since december) and new brake pads and discs, which was a nice surprise, so all in with the clutch being replaced its a fairly cheap £360 to get it all sorted, plus the £60 I spent on a new battery last week, as when i went to pick it up from me Ma's, not surprisingly since its not been turned over since before Christmas, it had gone completely flat.

I should have it back on Wednesday or Thursday and i just need to reinstate my insurance and get the road tax dorted and i am mobile again. Which is nice.

I plan on continuing to wander around a lot more, but it shall be nice to have wheels again.
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:53 pm

£384 for an MOT, new clutch, new brake pads and discs, some replacement bulbs and labour.
£60 for a new battery
£91 deposit to get my insurance sorted
£66 to get road taxed
£10 for petrol to actually get it to the garage

getting my shitty wee car back on the road... priceless.

It actually is quite TARDIS-like, its a funny shade of blue, never quite gets you where you thought you were going, it has a mind of its own and every journey is an adventure. It fucks Daleks right up an'all.
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:43 am

it makes that woosh-woosh-woosh noise too.

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Sun Apr 06, 2008 2:29 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:it makes that woosh-woosh-woosh noise too.
i fucking wish
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:18 pm

So does your garage probably.

I still haven't fixed my airbag. I might call up the cheap-quote-giving-garage tomorrow and see if I can sort it.

Hope your car is playing nicely now it's back on the road.

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:26 pm

jayen_aitch wrote: Hope your car is playing nicely now it's back on the road.
Aye, its swell having it back for usage. I spent a good deal of yesterday T-Cutting it, although it started raining so i gave up about 3/4's of the way through, i'd forgotten how much hard work t-cutting your car is. I meant to get it waxed as well, for a decent shine and extra protection, but didn't have time. I can maybe finish t-cutting the bottom bit before waxing, but its probably pointless, the most obvious bits were all done.

My other intention was to give it a bloody good clean inside, and as well as polishing the dash and giving all the windows a good clean with glass cleaner, i intend to shampoo the seats and carpets. Its in a bit of a bad nick, so it will make a world of difference to get it properly cleaned up inside. Whilst its not exactly on its last legs, i am aware that it has a finite life span unless i actually want to "restore it" to basically new condition, which is pointless, maybe if it was a mark 1 golf that would be cool, but its a mark 3, so not much point.

I think its time to start saving the old pennies and think about getting that Morris Minor i've always wanted.
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:52 pm

kingofpartick wrote:
jayen_aitch wrote:it makes that woosh-woosh-woosh noise too.
i fucking wish
you could make a tape of that to play in the stereo, that would be almost as good.
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:08 pm

I think as long as you get one thats solid you're ok. he engine is pretty simple really.

They go for a couple of grand if they are in good nick, more if they are absolutely minted. The convertables and pick ups/vans especially as they are rarer.

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:43 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:
I spoke to some Morris men and women the other day who were telling me how amazingly reliable their cars are....
I thought Morris men and women just had bells and sticks. You're thinking of clowns. They have cars. Morris men don't.
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Fri May 02, 2008 12:38 am

your car is going along fine, suddenly the engine cuts out. It won't re-start. Theres hundreds of fuel, the battery is new, oil and water are fine. What the fuck is up with it now?

So far suggestions have ranged from starter motor, to loose spark plugs to alternator packing in.

Having just got it back on the road, i cannot afford for it not be on the road.
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by squirrelboutique » Fri May 02, 2008 12:42 am

I was going to say alternator, too. I had a car that did that and it was the alternator.

My car is doing something really fun! When I go to fill up the tank, the gas pump keeps shutting off like it's topping off and it looks like gasoline is going to spray out. It takes me like ten minutes to fill the tank.

The other morning, it sort of stuttered/shuttered when it started, and the engine light started flashing, then stayed lit, then went off.

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by bocken » Fri May 02, 2008 10:09 am

kingofpartick wrote:your car is going along fine, suddenly the engine cuts out. It won't re-start. Theres hundreds of fuel, the battery is new, oil and water are fine. What the fuck is up with it now?

So far suggestions have ranged from starter motor, to loose spark plugs to alternator packing in.

Having just got it back on the road, i cannot afford for it not be on the road.

If the starter turns it's probably not the alternator. It sounds like it might be fuel starvation, so if there's fuel in the tank it would be the pump or filter or something. Or it could be an ignition problem, so plugs, HT leads, distributor are all culprits.

You should try and get a Haynes manual for the car or something (public libraries have them sometimes, otherwise ebay or amazon maybe) - they have troubleshooting guides in them.

I've got all this to look forward to now I've bought my tank.

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by Concrete » Sat May 03, 2008 9:26 pm

My car did that on the North Circular on the way back from a Wintergreen rehearsal last year. There was a certain irony in the fact that it cut out directly opposite the Gresham Hotel. It eventually started again, then cut out again, then started again. In my particular case it was the crank position sensor which had given up the ghost. No, I'd not heard of one either. To do with the fact that my car doesn't have a distributor, and it's done by the brain instead, I believe.

My car appears to be losing oil. I reckon it loses/burns it at a rate of something like 300ml every thousand miles. So not exactly spilling out, but more than it used to. Answers on a postcard...

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Mon May 12, 2008 2:45 am

its still sitting abandoned off Byres Rd.

I'm too poor to get it fixed at the moment, and still have no idea whats actually wrong with it and i'm off to Sweden next week for two weeks, so i should probably get off my arse and tow it back to mine until i can get it sorted. It should be fine where it is, although i think i need to check its not having tyres defalting before i leave and it gets towed as a suspected abandoned car after being parked in the same place for a month.
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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by Colin » Mon May 12, 2008 9:41 am

kingofpartick wrote:your car is going along fine, suddenly the engine cuts out. It won't re-start. Theres hundreds of fuel, the battery is new, oil and water are fine. What the fuck is up with it now?

So far suggestions have ranged from starter motor, to loose spark plugs to alternator packing in.

Having just got it back on the road, i cannot afford for it not be on the road.
When that happened to me, the ignition switch was knackered. It emerged that I could get the car to run only if I turned and held the key in *exactly* the right position at all times. Cue several fun trips to and from the garage with crippling arm cramp until I got it replaced (the ignition barrel, not my arm). On the upside, it's not an expensive fix if you can get a replacement ignition barrel on the cheap as I did.

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Re: What's wrong with my car?

Post by kingofpartick » Mon May 12, 2008 9:46 am

Colin wrote:
kingofpartick wrote:your car is going along fine, suddenly the engine cuts out. It won't re-start. Theres hundreds of fuel, the battery is new, oil and water are fine. What the fuck is up with it now?

So far suggestions have ranged from starter motor, to loose spark plugs to alternator packing in.

Having just got it back on the road, i cannot afford for it not be on the road.
When that happened to me, the ignition switch was knackered. It emerged that I could get the car to run only if I turned and held the key in *exactly* the right position at all times. Cue several fun trips to and from the garage with crippling arm cramp until I got it replaced (the ignition barrel, not my arm). On the upside, it's not an expensive fix if you can get a replacement ignition barrel on the cheap as I did.
I think the ignition barrel has been playing up a touch, so i wouldn't be surprised if it was that. I should maybe also go up and try jiggling the car up and down a bit at the petrol tank in case it is fuel starvation and theres a wee blockage, since the tank was about as empty as it could possibly be without running out just before i filled it right up full.
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